Dispute Boards

Dispute Boards are generally associated with major infrastructure projects.  They come in various forms but will generally comprise of three individuals who will be assigned to a project and who will be retained to follow that project through to completion.  As with other forms of ADR or Early Dispute Resolution, there is the recurring theme of these neutrals being chosen by the parties.

The Dispute Board may consist of, for example, an engineer and architect and lawyer.  As a Standing Dispute Board, they will meet, perhaps quarterly and 'walk the project.'  They will then convene to resolve disputes between the employer and the contractor and between the main contractor and the range of sub-contractors.  They will probably do this by a mix of conciliation, recommendation and ultimately adjudication.

Their decisions may be advisory or contractually binding, pending further adjudication by a court or arbitral tribunal. 

Dispute Boards may also be Ad Hoc and only be constituted as and when a dispute arises.

There are various sets of Dispute Board rules, including those of the ICC.  We are familiar with all the major ones and our Members include Members of the prestigious FIDIC President’s List of Approved Dispute Adjudicators.

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Dispute Boards Members

Robert Sliwinski

Robert has practised as a solicitor and barrister and quantity surveyor and has over 30 years’ experience of dispute resolution, with a particular focus on the construction industry. He is a Fellow of the...

Mark Appel

Mark Appel has nearly 40 years of global arbitration and mediation experience, having served in both executive and senior executive positions at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International ...

George Grant

George Grant FRICS ACIArb is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and practising Arbitrator with over 40 years experience in the fields of Development & Project Management, Cost Management, Contract Administration, ...

John Wright

John Wright is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. After 40 years in practice as a solicitor he now sits full time as an Arbitrator, Adjudicator, Mediator and ...

John Redmond

John Redmond established and led the construction law team at Osborne Clarke until he left the partnership in 2010 to concentrate on arbitration, adjudication and mediation. In 35 years as a construction ...

Michael Cover

Michael is a Member of ArbDB Chambers. He has over 30 years’ experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, both in private practice and as in-house Counsel. He is an accredited Mediator with CEDR and ...